THERE IS NO SINGLE RIGHT WAY TO DO THE LCHF OR KETO WAY OF EATING.
There are many different version of the LCHF/keto way of eating, and there are many different programs that may have various guidelines for you to follow. And buyer beware, because there are many “keto gurus” out there trying sell you on their specific program and telling you that their way is the ONLY WAY.
But LCHF/keto way of eating requirements can vary so much, person to person, that there is simply no one-size-fits-all approach. A Type 1 diabetic will have different goals than someone trying to lose weight. A bodybuilder will have very different protein needs than a newbie who isn’t particularly active. And many women, particularly those who are pre- and post-menopause, often find that they can’t load up on as much fat as their husbands or they hit a stall.
If you choose to follow a specific version of the your chosen way of eating,that’s cool. It’s your life, your body, your goals and I applaud you for taking charge of your health. It matters very little whether people do it exactly the same way. What matters most is that we support each other and cheer each other on.
There really is no overarching set of rules for these ways of eating, as defined above. It’s simply a matter of eating a diet low enough in carbohydrates and high enough in fat to get your body creating and using ketones as its primary fuel. But on the whole, we all try to avoid certain foods, such as grains, sugars, and starches.
Sometimes in recipes I use things like arrowroot and tapioca flour but I’ve always been of the mind that if a tiny bit of some “non-keto” ingredient helps the taste, texture, or appearance of the dishes and doesn’t raise the carb count too much, the end result is still within the way of eating. If I can eat a serving and stay in ketosis, it’s keto or stay within my LCHF boundaries then I’m happy.
Don’t let people bully you into thinking that just because you’ve eaten something that isn’t strictly within the boundaries of your way of eating that you have committed a crime, you are doing what is right for you and makes you happy, I sometimes think that their comments are what makes them happy because they get to feel superior.
Happiness is one of the biggest components to weight loss and if you are not happy you will stall or just give up altogether. Little ‘cheats’ don’t hurt if only done occasionally or when your mood, personal life os social occasions require them.
As you progress through this way of eating you will possibly find they occur less and less. I’m finding it’s becoming more of a way of live and less of a way of eating, my partner has not reached that stage yet and may never but just remember happiness is a key factor and if you’re not happy with your way of eating then adapt it to suit you.